Virginia May Nelson Balcom, a lifetime resident of Pennellville, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.
She was born to Hazel May (Foster) and Earl W. Nelson March 31, 1931 at their home in Pennellville. She was a 1948 graduate of Phoenix schools. She was an avid reader and could always be found with a pair of knitting needles in her hands.
She was married to her husband, Francis, June 11, 1950; he died Aug. 29, 2008.
She started her working career at Sweet Brothers Co. in Phoenix as a bookkeeper. When she began her family, she focused her energy as a homemaker and a mom. In the 1970s, she began working for Phoenix schools, first as a teacher’s aide and then as a library assistant in the Cherry Street School.
In the early 1980s, she worked at TRIO Ceramics, helping to teach classes. Later, her talents were applied to painting and decorating wood crafts for shows and fairs.
She was active in many organizations, including Phoenix Chapter of Amaranth and Eastern Star. She gave many years of service to Pennellville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, serving in roles as secretary, vice president, and president. She also served in the same roles for the Oswego County Ladies Auxiliary.
She was a member of Phoenix Senior Citizens, a past member of Phoenix UCC Church for more than 70 years, and a current member of the Pulaski UCC Church.
Besides her husband Francis, she was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Morrison.
Surviving are her son, Gordon W. of Parish; daughters, Linda L. Lyons of Oswego and Sherri A. Jackman and her husband, Paul, of Cicero; her son Alan F. and partner Robert Weiner of LaFayette; her grandchildren, Ryan J. Lyons, Lori L. Lyons, Nate and Wesley Ann Balcom, Jessica L. Lyons, Rebecca Balcom, Robert and Mandy Morrison; two great-grandsons; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday June 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating.
Interment will be in Pennellville Cemetery, County Route 54.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of CNY or the American Cancer Society.